31st Annual Conference
Compost ManufacturingAnaerobic Digestion Food Recovery & Recycling
Compost, Biogas
And Digestate Markets
Climate Enterprise Opportunities

March 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018   San Diego, California  

Agenda: Monday Workshop | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions | Thursday Site Tours, Hands-On Training
Event Schedule | Keynote Speakers | Networking Events | Certified Compost Operations Manager Credits
PDF files: Event Schedule | Session Agenda
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Updated 2.20

Compost & Digestate Volumes Are Increasing —
Are California Markets Ready?

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

BioCycle   BioCycle

Organized by BioCycle and R. Alexander Associates, Inc.

Scope: Recent laws enacted in California are driving increasing volumes of organic waste streams from disposal to recycling. These feedstocks include green waste, food waste, uncontaminated wood and biosolids. This full-day BioCycle WEST COAST18 Preconference Workshop outlines current and projected California markets for, and volumes of, compost, digestate and mulch, then identifies and frames "actionable" policies, regulations, research, market incentives and product development that workshop attendees can utilize in their own market research and development, policy making and business decisions.


  • Gather "intel" on current and future markets and volumes/types of compost, digestate and mulch produced. 
  • Evaluate existing markets in terms of maturity and saturation, and how that informs potential markets. 
  • Evaluate existing compost, digestate and mulch products — based on types and quality — to assess "match" to existing markets. 
  • Inventory current policies, regulations and incentives that impact compost, digestate and mulch markets. 
  • Discussion to identify market-limiting gaps


  • Breakout group discussions to address market-limiting gaps
  • Breakout group report outs
  • Discuss and rank final actionable workshop deliverables

Workshop Subject Matter Experts:

Amadou Ba, California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA)

Will Bakx, Sonoma Compost Co., LLC

Sally Brown, University of Washington

Matthew Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, Inc.

David McDonald, Seattle Public Utilities

Dan Noble, Association of Compost Producers



7:45 AM—8:30 AM Workshop Registration

8:30 AM—8:45 AM Workshop Overview, Introductions

8:45 AM—10:00 AM California Markets Assessment


Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.

Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Kelly Schoonmaker, StopWaste

David Crohn, University of California, Riverside


10:00 AM—10:15 AM Break

10:15 AM—11:15 AM Compost, Digestate And Mulch Manufacturers' Markets Assessment


Michael Gross, Zanker Recycling

Mary Matava, Agri Service

Will Kelley, Napa Recycling & Waste Services (RWS) and Napa County RWS


11:15 AM—12:00 PM Policy and Regulatory Market Impacts, Incentives

Ken Decio, CalRecycle

Danielle Zhang, California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

Nick Young, California Department of Food & Agriculture



12:00 PM—1:00 PMLunch and Networking

1:00 PM—1:30 PM Group Discussion
To Identify Market-Limiting Gaps


Identify and rank most significant gaps based on morning "intel" gathering and discussion
Instructions to Breakout Groups

1:30 PM—2:45 PM Breakout Groups
Goal: Identify Actionable Workshop Deliverables That Address Market Limiting Gaps

Breakout Group Topics:
• Product Quality and Contamination
• Research Needs — Agricultural and Nonagricultural Applications
• Market Needs, Educational Tools
• Regulatory Requirements
• Government Initiatives To Enhance Compost, Digestate and Mulch Market Expansion

2:45 PM—3:00 PMBreak

3:00 PM—3:45 PM Breakout Group Report Outs

3:45 PM—4:30 PM Discuss And Rank Final Actionable Workshop Deliverables

5:00 PM—7:00 PM Happy Hour in BioCycle WEST COAST18 Registration Lobby